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1. pertaining to an operation.
2. effective; not inert.
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1. Relating to or effected by means of an operation.
2. Active or effective.
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(ŏp′ər-ə-tĭv, -ə-rā′tĭv, ŏp′rə-)
1. Relating to or resulting from a surgical operation.
2. Functioning effectively; efficient.
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1. Relating to, or effected by means of an operation.
2. Active or effective.
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Patient discussion about operative

Q. I am worried how safe the operation would be and the post surgery complications? My wife has a cyst in her right breast and further tests are going on. Doctors have advised to go for an operation. I am worried how safe the operation would be and the post surgery complications?

A. My friend, surgery for the cyst in breast is common. Any cyst in breast indicates breast cancer. These surgeries are very safe. Initially they used to cut the complete breast to remove the cyst. Now with the advanced technology, only the cyst would be removed without harming other tissues. Rather complete removal is done these days, but that depend upon the severity of the cancer. These surgeries are proven with results. If the cyst is less they will remove only the affected portion and yes they do remove some nearby tissues because there some cancer cells may lay and can arrive again. For any post surgery complications, chemotherapy treatment is also available.

Q. Should I do surgery for varicoceles? I went to an urologist and he recommended surgery, but I don’t know if I should do this…is it dangerous? Can I live with the varicocele?

A. I don’t see your problem, you said an urologist advised you to do so- that should be enough no? if you don’t trust him, go and get a second opinion. The surgery is not that bad, an hour later and you are walking out. Vary small risk of complication. I did it and it was fine.

Q. What types of gastric bypass surgeries are there? I heard all sorts of options for gastric bypass are available. What is the most in use?

A. Bariatric surgeries or – gastric bypass surgeries for weight loss fall into three categories: Restrictive procedures make the stomach smaller to limit the amount of food intake, malabsorptive techniques reduce the amount of intestine that comes in contact with food so that the body absorbs fewer calories, and combination operations employ both restriction and malabsorption. The exact one to be done should be decided with the physician according to each patients abilities and pre-operative function level.

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Due to unavailability of intra operative monitoring of PTH, gamma probe or frozen section the adenomatous parathyroid gland was identified per operatively in these cases by the gross appearance and large size of the gland compared to the other three.
Patients were observed for nausea and vomiting after the procedure at 0-2hrs, 2-6hrs, 6-12hrs post operatively. Granisetron was found to be better in attaining a complete response than Ondansetron.
Mean Mean Preoperative Postoperative Visual Acuity in Visual Acuity in Log Mar Log Mar PL + to 0.08 0.01 0.16 0.1 - 0.16 0.12 0.52 >0.16 0.31 0.8 In this study among 8-9 years age group, eyes in subgroup I (with pre op Vn PL +ve-0.08 LogMar) had mean pre op VA of 0.03 LogMar improved to 0.14 LogMar post operatively. Eyes in subgroup II (with pre op Vn 0.1-0.16 LogMar) had mean pre op VA of 0.12 LogMar improved to 0.39 LogMar post operatively.
Post operatively 5 patients could walk unlimited distance, 23 patients > 10 blocks and 2 patients 5-10 blocks, with significant p value of 0.000.
Enteral feeding was started within 24 hours post-operatively, effort was made to start feeding as early as possible because it's been observed and reported that early and in some cases immediate enteral feeding post operatively is beneficial for patients15.
The researchers found that the risk of developing a VTE was moderate to high for nearly all operatively and nonoperatively treated EGS patients; individual risk should be evaluated at admission.
It was found that post operatively CA-125 level was related to clinical evaluation of the disease, being higher in patients with recurrent disease.
Patients were split into two treatment groups: Group 1 consisted of five non-operatively treated patients, and Group 2 consisted of six operatively treated patients.
The VAS pain measurements were higher for the two visit patients (24%) as compared to the one visit patients (18%) but were statistically significant only at 12 and 24 hours post operatively (Fig 1).
Background and Objectives: Traditional approach where patients receive nothing per oral route till 24 hours or return of bowel functions (passage of flatus or motion), followed by slow advancement of feed of solid diet post operatively is now challenged however safety of early oral feeding is still controversial.
Resultantly the concerned petrol pump has suspended the provision of fuel to the vehicles of TMA, while all vehicles of TMA are standing un operatively in the offices due to non availability of petrol and diesel.
The grounds for Borisov's recruitment were the latter's contacts with "operatively interesting individuals." Borisov's case from the 90s has been codenamed "Buddha" and it made huge headlines in Bulgaria.